Why do you serve on the San Antonio Lighthouse Board?
When I retired in 2016, after 38 years at Southwest Research Institute, I wanted to serve the community, particularly children in our community, through non-profit Board service. I was given an opportunity to tour the lighthouse, during which I learned about the rehabilitation services provided by the Lighthouse. I was already aware of the awesome employment opportunities provided by our manufacturing operations but did not understand the vast nature of our rehab services. Since I was primarily interested in serving children, learning about the services we provide to kids, combined with the employment opportunities for the blind and vision impaired, made my decision easy.
What do you love the most about the San Antonio Lighthouse?
The people. They are unparalleled! As the Governance Committee Chair in 2020 and 2021, I accompanied every perspective Board member and the CEO, on a tour of the Lighthouse. Every staff member we interacted with on those tours exhibited great enthusiasm for their job. The Lighthouse is family to them and their jobs give them purpose, pride and enormous enjoyment. I am honored to be a part of such an organization.
What are some of your hobbies?
My grandchildren are my favorite hobby. I love spending time with them, spoiling them and then returning them to their parents. A form of payback to their parents!
What is a fun fact about you?
I am a city girl through and through, born and raised in San Antonio. Since retiring, my husband and I have bought a small ranch west of San Antonio, where we now live and raise a small (very small) herd of cattle. We also have a horse and a longhorn steer, which my husband refers to as our expensive yard art. My children all graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and I attend many UT football games with them, so having a longhorn steer is like having our own Bevo!
Before retiring in 2016, I spent 38 years at Southwest Research Institute, initially as a software engineer, followed by research and development management.